Press Release  March 29, 2022

Daniel S. Palmer Joins SCAD Museum of Art as Chief Curator

Courtesy of SCAD.

The new chief curator at the SCAD Museum of Art, Daniel S. Palmer.

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA — The Savannah College of Art and Design proudly announces the appointment of Daniel S. Palmer as the new chief curator of the SCAD Museum of Art. The announcement coincides with SCAD MOA’s 10th-anniversary celebration, occasioning a bold new era for the premier teaching museum.

“Daniel Palmer is a prolific curator who brings to  SCAD MOA a wealth of knowledge and experience and a dedication to representation, amplifying the voices and impact of international artists,” said  Kari Herrin, executive director of SCAD museums and exhibitions. “As we usher in an exciting second  decade, Daniel will be an inspiring curatorial and  programming leader who will move the museum  forward with vision and tenacity.”

Prior to joining SCAD MOA, Palmer was curator at Public Art Fund, New York, where he led an ambitious program of exhibitions featuring work by artists such as Melvin Edwards, Awol Erizku,  Carmen Herrera, Harold Ancart, Tony Oursler, and  Liz Glynn, among others. He has also previously held curatorial positions at the Jewish Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Palmer has contributed important scholarship to prominent monographs as well as publications and journals including ARTnews, The New York Times, Mousse,  and Kaleidoscope, among others. He holds a Ph.D.  and M.Phil in art history from the CUNY Graduate  Center and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

“I’m thrilled to join the SCAD Museum of Art as chief curator,” said Palmer. “It’s an honor to continue this dynamic institution’s mission of bringing emerging and eminent artists to inspire students and the community at a pioneering university like SCAD. I look forward to leading the museum’s superb team as we encourage creativity and spark dialogue in idyllic Savannah. I’d like to express my gratitude to all the incredible artists, colleagues, and friends I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years for their support.  I look forward to many new collaborations as I  enter this new chapter.”

Palmer joins a highly accomplished curatorial team at SCAD MOA, which recently opened new exhibitions by internationally celebrated artists Katharina Grosse, Barthélémy Toguo, and Doreen Lynette Garner, among others, as part of the university’s 13th annual SCAD deFINE ART signature series of conversations and curated experiences with vital voices in art and design.   For more information, visit scadmoa.org. 

Daniel S. Palmer is chief curator at the SCAD Museum of Art. Previously he was curator at Public Art Fund, New York, where he organized 15 exhibitions including Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days (2021), Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris (2021), Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales (2019), Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard (2019), Tony Oursler: Tear of the Cloud (2018), and Liz Glynn: Open House (2017), among others. Prior to his role at Public Art Fund, he served as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum and Curatorial Research Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Palmer has curated numerous exhibitions independently and has contributed writing to many artist monographs, publications, and journals including ARTnews, The New York Times, Mousse, and Kaleidoscope, among others. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in art history from the CUNY Graduate Center and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

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